The Bernard van Leer Foundation is a private grant-making foundation. Our mission is to improve opportunities for children up to age 8 who are growing up in socially and economically difficult circumstances. We see this both as a valuable end in itself and as a long-term means to promote more cohesive, considerate and creative societies with equal opportunities and rights for all. 

Latest news from the Bernard van Leer Foundation

A letter to George 19-11-2007

Courtesy of Israel's Venezia Institute, an uplifting story from a kindergarten teacher who was able to make use of her training in Multicultural Education in Early Childhood when an Arab-speaking child joined her Hebrew-dominated kindergarten class. See also the letter referred to in the teacher's story (both pdf files).

Negev educational centre opens 18-11-2007

Pictured here are children attending the opening ceremony of a new educational activity centre located at Kaser Alseh in the Negev, Israel. Opened with foundation support by the Arab Jewish Centre for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation - part of foundation partner NISPED - the centre is aimed at improving opportunities in life for disadvantaged young children from Bedouin villages. Read the background to the centre's opening.

Issue area framework summaries now online 07-11-2007

Read summaries of all three of our internal framework documents, laying out the foundation's thinking and approach in the three issue areas in which we work: Strengthening the care environment; Successful transitions: the continuum from home to school; and Social inclusion and respect for diversity.

NISPED honoured for work with Arab-Bedouins 07-11-2007

On November 16, Amal Elsana Alh'jooj of foundation partner NISPED will be honoured by Seeking Common Ground at their second annual Circles of Change Awards Breakfast in Denver, Colorado. That evening, Amal and colleague Vivian Silver will be speaking in Beverly Hills, California, on the subject Sharing the Same Space: A Common Vision for Jews and Arab-Bedouin in Israel’s Negev.

Jewish-Arab preschool news from Israel 02-11-2007

Read the latest newsletter (pdf) from our Israeli partner Hagar Jewish-Arab Education for Equality, detailing progress with Jewish-Arab pre-schools for the 2007-2008 school year.

Italian translations of ECM 25-10-2007

Our partner Bambini Senza Sbarre has translated the editions of the foundation's journal, Early Childhood Matters, on the subjects of critical thinking and transitions. The translated versions are available for a small fee.

Applications invited for three positions 19-10-2007

The Bernard van Leer Foundation is recruiting for three positions: Manager of our Monitoring and Evaluation, Studies and Information Management (MESI) unit; Studies Officer; and Liaison Officer, Public Policy. Please follow the links for further details, including instructions on how to apply. The deadline for applications is November 6th.

Early Childhood in Focus: Transitions 03-10-2007

The second issue of Early Childhood in Focus, entitled Early Childhood and Primary Education: Transitions in the lives of young children, deals with the global challenges of education for all. A collaboration between the foundation and the Open University, ECiF sets out clear messages from academic research to inform rights-based policy advocacy on behalf of young children.

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